Monteverdi - Vespro della beata Vergine | Alpha ALPHA705

Monteverdi - Vespro della beata Vergine


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA705

Format: Blu-ray + DVD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 4th December 2015



Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists


John Eliot Gardiner


Monteverdi, Claudio

Vespro della beata Vergine


Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists


John Eliot Gardiner


In 1610, Monteverdi gave his Vespers for the Virgin in Mantua before conquering the Basilica of Saint Mark in Venice. This was the first great sacred masterpiece of the Baroque. Following the brilliant Orfeo (1607), the Vespers borrow its opening fanfare and positioned Monteverdi as the leading composer of his time.

John Eliot Gardiner founded the Monteverdi Choir, one of the worldís finest choruses, specifically for this work, which he conducted for the first time in 1964 and subsequently recorded twice. With the present recording, where the image ideally accompanies the music, Gardiner wanted to make more perceptible the spatialisation that characterized Venetian music, by using the specific architecture and different levels of the Chapelle Royale at Versailles.

DVD9 & Blu-ray

NTSC / All regions


Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1

Binaural Sound


Drawing everything together and inspiring everyone is Gardiner himself. He visibly lives and breathes every word, every musical phrase, with his singers and players. Itís crystal clear that his appetite for the Vespers has in no way diminished over the years; the score holds as much fascination for him as it did back in 1964. What I noticed above all, though, is his palpable sense of delight in Monteverdiís music. You can tell that he knows he has a group of musicians who are able to bring Monteverdiís masterpiece thrillingly to life and heís loving every moment of it. ... This is a superb and thrilling performance of the Vespers and an ideal way to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the start of the remarkable careers of Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir.  John Quinn (Recording of the Month)
MusicWeb International May 2016

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